Grateful Dead

December 29, 2008 - January 4, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to our continuing holiday editions of the Tapers’ Section. This week we have some New Year’s themed music, although not all from New Year’s Eve, but from the time around then.

Our first stop will be the magnificent concert on 12/29/77, a life-changing night for a lot of Dead Heads with whom we’ve spoken. This, of course, featured the return of China>Rider after a three-plus year absence. From that magical night, we have the centerpiece of the night, Playing In The Band>China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider>China Doll>Jam. The rest of this concert is certainly worth seeking out, so do find yourself a copy of Dick’s Picks Vol. 10 and enjoy it.

Next up, from 10 years plus a day later on 12/30/89, we have the post-Drums sequence of I Will Take You Home>The Other One>Standing On The Moon>One More Saturday Night, Baby Blue, which is every bit the equal of the post-Drums sequences from 12/27&28/89 that we played for you last week here at the Tapers’ Section. Dynamite stuff indeed.

Finally this week, to get you all in the mood for the big New Year’s Eve festivities, we have my all time favourite midnight piece of music from a New Year’s Eve concert, Sugar Magnolia>Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain from 12/31/78, the famous Closing of Winterland concert. This was the concert that went on and on and on, filled with surprises throughout.

Happy New Year everyone!

Be sure to stop back next week when we’ll properly ring in 2009 with some excellent material from 1968, 1972 and 1977. See you then.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Sep 4 2007
Nice way to cap the year


This weeks selections were like an effective session of acupuncture . Fantastic stuff .

Especially the 77 stuff sunflower / rider / china doll . And the monumental post drums on 12 20 1989 . The entire sequence is outrageous .- Especially the O1 , Sat p.m. , and the way the band lands into .. on the moon from the O1

Have an excellent and healthy and stress free 2009

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
Bob is grateful - what for?

Grateful for what - free speech as long as it is his and not another's free speech? I refer to: ..."if you u don't agree with me , just keep it to yourself & i won't make a nasty comment..."

It's amusing that remarks have to do with being bored with PITB on one hand, and on the other with the COMMENT in re PITB, again, being boring. Does anyone else find this - ahem - BORING? And at least a little bit tiresome? "...what I want to know is...are you kind?"

I do not wish to harvest wind (hence I do not plant ice), just maybe opening eyes to old behavior that won't serve us in the New Year! Peace out, DtM

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
Went to a deadnet party

Hey hey..I'm enjoying these songs. Thanks David!
Happy Ney Year to all!! It's time to party so go on out
there and find a smile or two. Come on number 9. Woooo!

"Walk into splintered sunlight
Inch your way through dead dreams to another land"
Robert Hunter
"Ray, a drop of golden sun"

Joined: Jun 5 2007


I wouldn't have made the nasty remark if u didn't post an anti comment about me just saying same ol boring stuff, if you u don't agree with me , just keep it to yourself & i won't make a nasty comment.Also my remark about free speech had to do with your original remark about me saying SAME OL BORING STUFF.....not the nasty comment, so now AGAIN lets move on.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
New Years Run '89

This entire run NEEDS to be released. There's plenty of '70s stuff and before embarking further into the '90s, a late '80s Brent era box should be the next release.

Joined: Dec 29 2008

Too much of it honestly.

I've been reading, and of course listening, since the site came back up and it is kind of tiresome to have the level of backbiting and disrespect that some posters choose to put up here ... Free speech is great and all, but it presumes a level of respect for those who disagree. Name calling or swearing at people doesn't seem to fit that ethic very well to me.

Moving on, I just want to say "thanks David" for putting so many interesting selections up here every Monday. They are a welcome link back to so many thrilling moments, either attended or wishfully so.

In the interest of peace, all the way around, can we settle on having a just a small number fewer of the PITBs (which I do love & appreciate) and perhaps fewer DP selections (as I have almost all of them). Maybe that would calm the critics a bit and open up better lines of discussion/relation.

Joined: Nov 18 2007
wake up to find out that You are the eyes of the world!!!!!!!!!

wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world.
you guys that are always complaining sound like my 16 year old son who seems to be never satisfied with what hes got. Just be thankful that you might acually like a weeks worth of music every now and then. To many of us deadheads - Playing in the Band is one of the songs that gave the band leaping off room which they usually took to some other dimension which is the reason many of us love this band!!!!!!!!!! Its like fishing, you never know what is going to be offered, maybe you come home broke or maybe you come hold holding a prize, how bad is that really in the face of the world situation today!!!!!!!!!

Joined: Jun 27 2007
Oh yeah, gratefulbob

Yeah, I remember you saying that abouty PITB! I understand and thought that the diplomatic thing for our host to do would perhaps be to play some vintage Jerry Band for every PITB! What do you think?

round and round

Joined: Jun 27 2007

Jerry just sang my baby to sleep. Standing on the moon. Sweet. THANK YOU JERRY!
Happy and Prosperous New Year 2009 to you all. <3 There is a local band, 'Monkey and the Crowbar' playing New Year's Eve. I think it's a good sign.

round and round

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Joined: Nov 14 2007
Time for a change

gratefulbob couldn't be more correct. One after another Dick's Picks revisited. One after another Playin In The Band. Twenty eight of them in one year.

In this year of change it's time for a new Host. I nominate myself, I promise that you all would be happy, real happy.

Put lipstick on David and kiss him goodbye.


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